Nothing says ‘I love you’ like cuddling up with your kids for bedtime stories. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics “children who are read to, especially before school entry, experience stronger parent-child relationships and learn valuable language and literacy skills.” In addition, recent studies confirm that children who are read to at home from an early age undergo increased brain development and are better prepared to start kindergarten. 

Here are five recommended books by award-winning authors and illustrators to elevate your Valentine’s Day celebration by reading aloud to your little ones. Visit any branch of the Beaufort County Library for further reading suggestions and to check out the following titles:

Summer Travel essentialsHappy Summer 2019!! Whether you are traveling all over, driving your kids to camp, or just enjoying the summer here in the low country, here are some of my “must have” suggestions!

Kid testingWho doesn’t love the excitement of receiving a gift in the mail? Subscription boxes are just that:  monthly boxes filled with goodies that are delivered right to your doorstep! There are boxes tailored to all different types of interests and age levels! With so many different options available, we had Lowcountry children put some of these subscription boxes to the test, giving us their feedback (don’t worry, Moms added their honest feedback too!).

From classic musicals, princess tales, and animated animals to superhero adventures and holiday favorites, these must-see movies will appeal to the whole family. These all-time favorites are not only hugely entertaining, but they're packed with positive messages and role models, giving them the potential for significant impact on kids and families. Others give kids a look at other worlds -- both real and imaginary. All are worthy of a comfy couch, a bowl of fresh popcorn, and some family togetherness.

  1. Charlotte’s Web (2006)

Age: 5+

What Parents Need to Know: Charlotte's Web is unusually respectful of its much-loved source (E.B. White's classic novel) and its young audience. While the movie does refer to the farmer's plan to kill Wilbur for Christmas dinner, the pivotal (and most potentially upsetting) moment is the death of a central character, which is followed by appropriate mourning and recovery by her barnyard friends. Some of the animal characters are initially unfriendly to a new arrival, and Templeton the rat scavenges objects and talks about being selfish and sneaky. Crows attack him, with their point-of-view shots suggesting the danger he's in. There's also some name-calling. Loyalty, acceptance, and faith in your friends are important themes of this emotionally powerful movie.